Monday, December 15, 2014

Gelli Print Business Cards

Hi all! I hope you enjoyed your weekend! Today I am writing to you from Sweden (or actually not really, because I am scheduling this post ahead of time). We have an anything goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this week.
 
I needed business cards to hand out to people and decided to make my own. I have a whole stack of gelli printed papers at home and this was the perfect project for some of those papers. The cards were cut from the papers, making them all different, which worked great for me since I am not so fond of repeating the same design over and over again.
 
I stamped the cards with various Tim Holtz stamps and sentiments, using Jet Black ink. Even a gelli printed paper which didn't come out right worked great for the cards (the one in the upper left corner).
 
Some more of the cards. I made a lot of cards and it didn't take much time at all. My details were printed and adhered to the back.

They look fun all thrown together in a pile too.

Join us in our anything goes challenge and it might be you who wins a $50 Simon Says Stamp gift voucher, drawn randomly.

http://www.simonsaysstamp.com
 

Thank you for the visit!

Happy crafting!!

Anna-Karin

Supplies:
Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz: Travel Ways, Rock Star, Odds & Ends, Simple Sayings, Warehouse District, Nature's Moment; Classics: Classics #1, Classics #16
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black
Paint: Ranger Dina Wakley Paints
Tools: Gelli Arts: Gel Printing Plate 8 x 10

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Move File

Hello everyone!! I hope you had a good weekend! This week's challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog was a suggestion of mine, namely transportation. You could use transportation stamps or embellishments, Santa's sleigh, do a travelling project, or anything else you can think of.

With our upcoming move happening this week, I made a move folio to collect papers, ephemera and photos in. As a base, I used Tim Holtz large Collection Folio, giving me lots of space. The folio was covered with patterned paper from Destinations and French Industrial paper pads, using papers that worked well with my theme. You can even see our destination on the vintage map on the cover, and I used a stamp with our point of departure. The globe was die cut from a cardboard box, with the continents being die cut a second time from patterned papers.

I stamped the background with various transportation and text stamps, using Jet Black and Potting Soil Archival inks.

The title was made with Alpha Chips and Label Letters and I rubbed paint into the compass. I die cut arrows from a cork sheet.

I also used a bunch of Prima wooden embellishments, inking them with Distress inks and adding rub-on words to them.

I aimed for texture and lots of details, but without adding too much bulk since I want the folio to be useful.

All the inside flaps were covered with patterned paper, using Ranger's Matte Multi Medium to attach the paper.

The flaps for the pages were stamped with various stamps.

When dry, I sanded and inked all the edges to roughen up the folio, since moving is pretty rough business.

All the papers were stamped, to make them fit better with the project, and because it is real fun to sit down and stamp randomly on patterned papers.

The back of the folio looks like this, with more papers and stamping.

I hope you will join us in our challenge this week! As every week, one random participant wins a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp and can do some fun Christmas shopping.

http://www.simonsaysstamp.com
 

Thank you so much for stopping by today!!

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

Supplies:
Surfaces: Tim Holtz idea-ology: Collection Folio, French Industrial Paper Stash, Destinations Paper Stash; We R Memory Keepers: Cork Stash
Dies: Sizzix: Vintage Globe, Mini Hearts, Artful Arrows
Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz: Travel Ways, Artful Voyage, Warehouse District, Air Travel, Mini Muse, Life Adventure, Rock Star, Stuff to Say
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black, Potting Soil; Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs, Black Soot
Embellishments: Tim Holtz idea-ology: Words Remnant Rubs, Compass Coins, Label Letters, Alpha Chips,  Prima: Travel Wood Icons

Friday, December 5, 2014

Heart Ornaments Tutorial

Hello everyone! I am sharing a tutorial on the Sizzix blog, for Christmas Heart Ornaments. Sorry for posting it a day late here on the blog, but we didn't have electricity.
 
The ornaments were made with the Hearts #4 die, which is a Bigz die with three pretty large die. I used Christmas photos from different years to embellish them. It would be great to have a new one for every year.
 
To see the full tutorial, head over to the Sizzix blog.
 
Thank you for stopping by!!
 
Happy crafting!
 
Anna-Karin
 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Christmas Card

Hello and welcome! I hope you had a good weekend! I can't believe it is December all ready, time goes too fast. It is Monday and time for another Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, this week we are focusing on Christmas cards. 
 
I send out quite a lot of Christmas cards every year, and they are usually all different. This year, because of the news I shared yesterday, I will have to make another plan, probably a photocard of some kind. I simply don't have time to make all the cards. But I do have a few, and this is one of them. I used Simon Says Stamp Exclusive stamps and stencils to make this card.
 
I first coloured a piece of manila cardstock with Distress Inks, smearing them on my craft sheet and misting with water. When dry, the scene was stamped with Potting Soil ink and I coloured the images with Inktense pencils.
 
The background was stenciled with Frayed Burlap and Antique Linen, using Simon Says Stamp Stars and Dots stencil and Tim Holtz Rays stencil.

I stamped a sentiment also with Potting Soil and added some bling with Ranger's Gold Liquid Pearls.
 
I hope you will join us this week and get some of your Christmas cards done, at the same time as you might be the lucky one who wins a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp.

http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/
 

Thank you so much for stopping by today!
 
Happy crafting!
 
Anna-Karin
 
Supplies:
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp: Nativity, Inside Holiday Greetings
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink: Potting Soil; Distress Ink: Frayed Burlap, Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs
Stencil: Simon Says Stamp: Stars and Dots; Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz: Rays
Pearls: Ranger Liquid Pearls: Gold
Pencils: Derwent: Inktense

Sunday, November 30, 2014

New Life Layout

Hi everyone! A while ago I hinted that I had some news to share with you, and now is the time.

This is the first layout I made for our new little family member due next year, so the first news is that I am pregnant. Anton is very happy to get a sibling. Inside the pocket of the heart, there is another folder where I plan to place copies of the scans. I also wrote some journaling there. The title of the layout has two meanings, because my second news is that we are relocating to Stockholm, Sweden, with the move taking place in December. Because of that, things are going to be a little quieter on the blog during December. There are so many things to organise and get done.

The heart pocket is made with a new Sizzix die by Brenda Walton called Heart Pocket. I die cut the back of the heart from a piece of gelli printed paper, I like having a whole bunch of printed papers that I can reach for. The pocket was die cut from natural sticky back canvas, which was first adhered to cardstock.
 
The canvas was embossed in the pretty Songbirds folder and inked with brown Distress Inks, so that the embossing stands out better.
 
The small hearts were die cut from leftover gelli papers and patterned papers. They open up.
 
For the background, I embossed brown Core'dinations cardstock (4 x 4 in) in different shades and sanded. They were stitched to the background cardstock 

I die cut the title from mat board with the Block Talk Lowercase die. The accordion flower is also a part of the Notepad Cover die. The background paper watercolour paper coated with gesso, painted with Distress Paints and stamped.

The Notepad Cover inside the heart looks like this and was die cut from Prima patterned paper. I positioned the paper in such a way that the pencil would be at the bottom. It looks a little skewed on the photo, but not in real life.The butterfly is also part of the Notepad Cover die.

Inside the pocket, there is a little mini book meant for journaling and photos of the new little wonder.
 
There has been a couple of previous posts about these changes earlier on the blog, but I wasn't quite ready to tell yet, particularly these two: Changes layout and Vintage Rust art journal page.
 
Thank you so much for looking!!
 
Have a lovely day!
 
Anna-Karin
 
Supplies:
Surfaces: Sizzix: Little Sizzles Cream Mat Board; Tim Holtz Core'dinations color-core cardstock; Prima: Stationer's Desk A4 Paper Pad; Ranger: Natural Sticky Back Canvas
Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz: Graph & Croc
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink: Tree Branch; Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs
Paint: Distress Paint: Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap
Tools: Sizzix: Big Shot, Extended Cutting Pads; Gelli Arts: Gel Printing Plate 8 x 10
 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Angel Tag Tutorial

Hello everyone! I have a Sizzix tutorial to share with you today, using the lovely new Angelic die by Tim Holtz.
 
I wanted to make a light and soft looking tag, using different materials and textures for the angel. It was also fun making the snow at the top, and the double embossed background. When I first saw the Candlelight die, I thought the drips would look great like snow. Let's start.
 
Paint two pieces of grungeboard, or one larger piece (I used leftovers) with gesso. This gives us a white surface to work on.
 
Die cut the Angelic and two sets of drops from the Candlelight die.
 
Die cut another three wings from vellum.
 
Emboss the wings in the Snowfall folder.

Layer the wings together and staple them to the body.

Smear Texture Paste on the part of the angel which will be the dress, covering up the stapled vellum. Sprinkle with Rock Candy Glitter. The glitter sticks to the paste.

Layer three pieces of cheesecloth together and die cut the body of the angel from that. Trim so that you only have the part that will be the dress. I didn't attach it quite yet.

Softly paint the hair and the face with Distress Paints. Later I added an eye with a marker.

Use VersaMarker to apply embossing ink to the trumpet, sprinkle with silver powder and melt with a heat gun, taking care not to burn yourself or the texture paste. I hadn't yet attached the cheesecloth because the embossing powder would easily get stuck in that.
 
Emboss a manila tag in the Greens folder, using this sandwich: Multi Purpose Platform Tab 1, cutting pad, embossing folder with tag inside, second cutting pad.
 
This is a lovely embossing folder, and I thought it fit well with the soft theme of the tag.

White-wash the tag with gesso. 

Ink the tag softly with French Ultramarine and Potting Soil Archival Ink, using a round ink blending tool. We are using Archival Ink instead of Distress Ink, because Archival Ink is permanent and won't bleed in the next step.

Coat the whole tag with embossing ink using Ranger's Emboss It Dabber. Cover with clear UTEE and pour the leftovers back in the jar. Melt with a heat gun. Don't touch the melted powder since it is extremely hot. This create a lovely glossy tag with a soft textured background.

Coat the snow drops with Texture Paste and cover with Rock Candy glitter, same as with the angel's dress. This creates the effect of very real looking glittering snow. 

Glue the snow drops at the top of the tag and smear some more Texture Paste at the very top to cover the joints. Sprinkle with more Rock Candy.

Dye a piece of crinkle ribbon with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and tie it around the base of the tag. Also add a piece of tinsel.

Glue the cheesecloth to the angel, but only at the top, let it fall freely at the bottom so that you can still see the glitter underneath.

I was real happy with how the snow turned out, from die cuts that were meant to look like candle wax.

The mixture of silver embossing, texture paste, glitter, cheesecloth and embossed vellum makes the angle look interesting. 

It is hard to photograph the dry and heat embossed background of the tag, it is a really cool effect.
 
Thank you so much for looking!!
 
Have a great weekend!!
 
Anna-Karin
 
Supplies:
Surfaces: Ranger Manila Tag; Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Grungeboard; vellum; cheesecloth
Dies: Sizzix: Angelic, Candlelight
Embossing folder: Sizzix: Snowfall & Falling Trees, Greeting & Greens
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink: Potting Soil, French Ultramarine; Distress Ink: Gathering Twigs, Tumbled Glass; Emboss It Dabber; Tsukineko VersaMarker
Embossing powder: Ranger: Silver, Clear Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel
Glitter: Ranger Distress Glitter Rock Candy
Paint: Distress Paint: Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, Frayed Burlap
Medium: Ranger: Texture Paste, Dina Wakley Gesso
Embellishments: Tim Holtz idea-ology: Seasonal Chit Chat Stickers, Crinkle Ribbon, Silver Tinsel Twine